Be aware of potential for severe weather today (Tues., Nov. 17)

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The National Weather Service has predicted the potential for severe weather for the Bolivar County area later today (Tuesday, Nov. 17). It is too soon to determine the exact timing of the weather system, but it is expected to arrive late this afternoon into early evening.

The Delta State Emergency Response Team is monitoring the situation and will issue alerts throughout the day. The team remains in contact with the National Weather Service, emergency officials and the university’s administration.

Any changes to the schedule this evening (Tuesday, Nov. 17) will be posted using, email, text messages, Twitter (@DeltaState) and Facebook. Any changes to the Tuesday (Nov. 17) night class schedule and events will also be communicated through these outlets.

This weather system has the potential to affect travel conditions for our area. If you have travel plans, please check weather conditions and road conditions and use judgment before traveling.

Updates and any changes to the university’s operating schedule will be posted at, email, text messages, twitter (@DeltaState), and Facebook.

Anyone who has not yet registered his or her cell phone number for emergency text alerts is encouraged to do so now by completing the following steps:
1. Login to your “My DSU” account:
2. Choose the “Personal Information” section and the “Enroll in Okra Alert” option.
3. Add your cell phone number (with area code).

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Delta State joins other universities honoring veterans

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Each year during this time, Mississippi Public Universities honor veterans on campus and in the community through a variety of programs thanking them for their service to our country and all citizens. These programs range from luncheons to mobile health services to recognition ceremonies held during athletic events and homecoming activities.

Honoring veterans has become a tradition each year during Homecoming festivities at Delta State University. This year marks the eighth annual Veterans Recognition Program at DSU. Held in the Veterans Atrium of Jobe Hall, the salute features music by the Delta State University Chamber Singers and Delta State music faculty and students, along with Cleveland community members. Each military branch is recognized and all service songs are performed.

In addition, the Bolivar County Historical Society and the University Archives and Museum will hold a reception and program following the community Veterans Day program on November 11 at noon in the Capps Archives and Museum Building on the Delta State campus in Cleveland.

To read more about how universities around Mississippi are honoring veterans, visit:


Delta State Radio (WDSW-LP 88.1 FM) officially launched Friday

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Delta State Radio (WDSW-LP 88.1 FM), a new low-power FM station broadcasting from the campus of Delta State University, launched Friday with the goal of providing community-targeted radio programming.

Delta State President William N. LaForge said the university is grateful for all of the private donors and the many donations of time and resources that have enabled the station to begin broadcasting.

“The Delta State University Foundation, along with friends and supporters, helped us achieve this goal by providing in-kind and private dollar contributions,” he said. “It’s all privately funded, and we hope to continue that going forward.”

As the university continues to build its reputation nationally through quality academic programs in music and culture, the station offers unique opportunities for Delta State students and the surrounding community, LaForge added.

“The radio station will give us a little pizzazz as a university and a community,” he said. “We have new opportunities to keep our constituencies apprised of events and activities. It will also give some of our students a chance to participate in the broadcast end of it. This will certainly be a nice addition to Delta State’s focus on music and culture.”

This initial launch is the result of years of planning and commitment from numerous people within the Delta State family.

Soon after becoming President, LaForge voiced his desire for a campus radio station to build and share the unique culture and diversity found at Delta State and in the Mississippi Delta as a whole, said Dr. Michelle Roberts, Chief of Staff and Vice President for University Relations.

“However, the bulk of the work has taken place in the last few months,” she added. “Delta State has many wonderful people who work tirelessly to ensure its success, and those who have been involved in getting this station up and running in such a short amount of time are to be commended. I offer special thanks to the staff in Communications and Marketing — led by Director Jennifer Farish and assisted by April Mondy and Leigh Emerson — who have coordinated this effort and worked around the clock to launch the station by Homecoming weekend, as well as Tricia Walker and her advisory committee who have been invaluable resources in this new adventure.”

Walker, executive director of the Delta Music Institute Entertainment Industry program at Delta State, has been one of the primary champions behind the station’s creation and said she has always been a fan of college/community radio and the eclectic mix of programming it offers.

In first researching the possibility of getting a station at Delta State nearly a decade ago, she and others on the Delta State staff found that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) does not open up frequencies very often, and when they do, the window of time to apply for a radio license is often pretty small.

So, in 2013 when the FCC announced a window of time that applications for an LPFM license would be accepted, everyone knew it was time to jump into action.

“A group of campus/community radio fans convened to discuss the possibilities,” Walker said. “In that early group were myself, Don Allan Mitchell, Karen Bell, Will Jacks, Michelle Johansen, and the late Dorothy Shawhan. Others on campus with radio ‘connections’ included Pat Webster, Matt Jones, and former Delta State professor Ron Douglas.”

The application for an LPFM construction permit was submitted to the FCC and was awarded to Delta State on January 27, 2014. Once the construction permit was issued, the station had to be on the air within 18 months or the construction permit would expire.

It was essential to enlist the help of some generous donors to meet the deadline. Research was completed for available call letters, and in the summer of 2015, the station was born through the generous donation of equipment by Delta State alumnus J. Boyd Ingram and radio station owner Larry Fuss, the support of the DSU Foundation, and the hard work of Ed Czelada and the Elijah Mondy family. Thanks to their time and support, the FCC granted the license to Delta State on July 27, 2015.

Walker said the initial launch is just a beginning point for the station, which aims to greatly expand its local programs and community involvement. Starting with a mix of music from genres including blues, classic rock and pop, the station will seek to develop a broad mix of community-oriented programs created and supported by volunteers both from the Delta State campus and the community.

“I believe we will begin to develop a great group of programmers who will put together some really interesting, relevant and entertaining programming for the campus and surrounding community,” she said. “And the original programming will be something you won’t find on other stations.”

The involvement of students and community volunteers will be essential in order for the station to achieve its mission “to engage in and celebrate the diversity of Cleveland and Delta State University through alternative, non-commercial, community-targeted radio programming and to offer broadcast learning opportunities for community members and the Delta State family,” according to the station’s website.

“We need students and citizens who enjoy being part of building something from the ground up to sign up as volunteers and programmers,” Walker said. “This is not the type of station where you have to have a particular type of ‘radio sounding’ voice. We are looking for dedicated folks who have a passion for the ‘theatre of the mind’ that is radio.”

People of all ages and backgrounds are needed for the station grow and expand in the year to come, she added.

“I really hope the campus and community will take ownership of the station in the sense of making it their own through programs that address issues important to the community as well as unique music programs,” she explained. “Civic issues, school issues, celebrations, local news … the station should be a voice for all of the community.”

For more information on Delta State Radio or to sign up as a volunteer, visit The station is seeking both volunteers and donations through memberships and time. Applications are available through the station website, and anyone around the world will be able to listen to the station through a live streaming link to be available on the website by Saturday (Nov. 7).

Questions and feedback on the station should be directed to the Office of Communications and Marketing at


Your vote is needed to bring Levitt back to Cleveland

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Delta State University is now in the running to bring back another 10-week live music series to Cleveland during the fall of 2016.

The concerts are sponsored by Levitt Pavilions, the national nonprofit organization behind the largest free concert series in America, and Delta State is bidding to be one of the 15 winning organizations competing in the Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards in early 2016.

The Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards are an exciting matching grant opportunity created by Levitt Pavilions to serve small to mid-sized towns and cities up to 400,000 people. Fifteen nonprofits, or municipalities partnering with a nonprofit group, will receive up to $25,000 each in matching funds to produce their own Levitt AMP Music Series—an outdoor, free concert series featuring a diverse lineup of professional musicians.

Delta State University successfully received a grant in 2015, and 10 free concerts were held in the Green Space of Cleveland’s downtown walking trail. It was a huge success as the community came together every Thursday night between August 20-October 22 to enjoy a variety of bands from different genres. Delta State has now submitted the 2016 proposal, which is posted on the Levitt AMP website for public voting:

A successful campaign for Delta State depends on community participation to get as many online votes as possible to bring the concert series to town. Community support, as measured by the number of online votes received, will be one of the key factors when Levitt Pavilions selects the 15 winners.

Supporters are asked to visit to register and vote. Online public voting is now open and ends Nov. 30 at 5 p.m. (PST). The Top 25 finalists will be selected through online public voting. Levitt Pavilions will then review the proposals of these 25 finalists, and the 15 Levitt AMP winners will be announced on January 5, 2016.

Amber Foster, Levitt Amp Cleveland coordinator and a student at Delta State’s Delta Music Institute, said votes are important to continue the success of the previous series.

“The Levitt AMP Cleveland Music Series 2015 was awesome,” Foster said. “It not only provided a free opportunity for students, but for the whole Cleveland community. That’s the mission for Levitt Pavilions, bringing community together through music. Also, it was an opportunity to bring new music in our area. I can’t wait to see what happens for 2016. The votes are so important for getting this grant. It’s a great way to show community support when applying for a grant like this one.”

Delta State asks supporters to start spreading the word to family, friends, colleagues and neighbors and rally the community to sign up and vote for Delta State’s proposal.

Learn more at

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Alumni Association releases Fall 2015 magazine

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The Fall 2015 edition of Delta State’s Alumni and Foundation Magazine is complete and is currently on its way to the homes of Delta State alumni. This edition features the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing on the cover.

The magazine also contains articles on the GRAMMY Museum Mississipp, the recent trip of Delta State students, faculty and staff to Perm, Russia, the baseball stadium renovations, including the Dave “Boo” Ferriss statue, and much more. Alumni and friends are also able to keep up with fellow classmates in the “with the classes” section.

“Because the Delta State Alumni and Foundation Magazine is the only publication that gets sent out to alumni, donors, and students, we work hard to ensure that we encompass all areas and interests of campus,” said Jordan Thomas, editor. “I am so excited for this issue to hit homes. It’s one of our best issues to date.”

The Delta State Magazine is mailed to over 32,000 homes of alumni, friends, students, faculty and staff nationally twice a year.

To view the Magazine online, go to  To update your information, visit

The official hashtag for the 2015 Homecoming is #DSUHC15. For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 662-846-4660. To purchase tickets to the Alumni Awards Gala, contact the association at 662-846-4660 or

To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), Tumblr (, LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1).